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Old 10-18-2011, 12:30 AM   #11
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OK I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a glass carboy...I am looking forward to being able to watch my cider progress tomorrow or wednesday I will be racking out of my fermentation bucket into my carboy, then I will take a gravity measurement and taste test. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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Old 10-19-2011, 12:34 AM   #12
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Well it's been 1 week since I started my cider. I racked it into my brand new (and sanitized) 6.5 gallon carboy. My original SG was 1.080, and today it is at 1.040, so I plan on checking it in another week to see if it gets closer to 1.000. I was racking out of a fermentation bucket and couldn't tell where the end of my racking cane was and ended up sucking up a lot of the lee from the bottom of the bucket. If I am feeling ambitious, I will rack it again when it hits 1.000 SG and let it sit lee-free.

Right now though, it is tasting deee-licious! I am really liking the flavor I am getting from the brown sugar/honey combination I used. It is still really sweet, but there is still plenty of sugar for the yeast to get after. I knew there would be some head space at the top of the carboy, and I am hoping this isn't too much. If it is, I will add more cider into it and just let it go even longer. So, my week 1 report is that it is going very smoothly. Having all of the right equipment and tools sure is going a long way. My next batch of cider I will definitely use my carboy first, then fermentation bucket second (or go buy another carboy ) Bottoms up!

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Old 10-19-2011, 12:37 AM   #13
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Not that it's any huge deal, but I always throw a towel or dark t-shirt over my carboys to keep the light out.

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:07 AM   #14
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Awesome owl lamp!!!!!!

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Good idea about the towel. My girlfriend just got a sewing machine. Maybe I can have her make me a carboy "shirt" or something haha.

The owl lamp is pretty cool, but it sure takes up a lot of table space!

Also, if no one noticed it yet, that is a real cork in the top of the carboy, not a rubber stopper. It is a very temporary solution until my carboy cap arrives in the mail tomorrow. It seems to be fitting pretty snug in there. I haven't seen any activity with my airlock yet, but I'm sure it'll take some time to build the pressure back up.

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By the way....Is that too much headspace there?

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Old 10-19-2011, 07:39 AM   #17
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did you steal that thing from my great grandmother

headspace isn't a problem with an active ferment, which you should still have
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did you steal that thing from my great grandmother

headspace isn't a problem with an active ferment, which you should still have
I did! And I do!
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my dogs would bark at lamp that all day long! awesome.

make sure if you rack again, which i suggest, you rack into a 5 gal. carboy and top up to the skinny part of the neck. headspace is fine now, but once you get to aging, i always top up.
as with everything, others disagree.
some think that if you do your final rack before it bottoms out, then the co2 generated will displace any o2 and headspace isn't an issue. i disagree with this only because it's not like the co2 floats on the bottom and pushes all the o2 up first. it all mixes and it takes a fair bit of fermentation to replace all the air easily dne during primary ferment, but i don't see enough being generated during a drop from 1.003 to 1.000 or something like that. again, just my thoughts though.

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I went ahead and added more cider to the carboy. I was going to do it anyway, so I figured I'd do it now rather than later when I want the fermentation to slow down. So I will be racking it again for sure. I'll check the gravity next week to see where it's at.

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